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Yearlong study for bizarre skin condition

January 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Researchers in Northern California will conduct a yearlong study on a bizarre skin condition called Morgellons.Patients with the condition often complain about skin rashes, mysterious threads popping out of their skin, and a sensation that tiny bugs are crawling over their body. Some experts believe Morgellons is psychiatric in nature, but hundreds of patients have claimed it's a physical illness.

"They're fibers, I believe from the environment, not from inside the skin," said Dr. Vincent Deleo of the St. Lukes-Roosevelt Medical Center.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control is paying Kaiser Permanente to test and interview patients suffering from Morgellons symptoms.